Gary Neville has ripped into the Manchester United players after their humiliating 4-0 thrashing at Everton on Easter Sunday.
The Red Devils’ resurrection under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been brought to an abrupt halt in recent weeks and they have now suffered five consecutive away defeats in all competitions.
Goodison Park was the latest scene of United’s embarrassment, as goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott ruined this holiday weekend for the travelling supporters.
Before kick-off, Sky pundit Neville expressed his anger at recent events at the club. This feeling was far from pacified by what he then witnessed over the next 90 minutes.
“I’m furious to be honest,” the legend stated in the immediate aftermath, “The fact that he [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] had to go over [to the fans] and apologise for them.
“I’ve often said that clubs over the last seven years, if you’ve got weeds in the garden, then you’ve gotta get rid of them.
“But there’s some Japanese knotweed at that football club and its attacking the foundations of the house. It needs dealing with properly.
“Jose Mourinho – the fans stuck with him, but wanted him out in the end. They ain’t gonna want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out. Those players now, well and truly their heads are on the line.
“I watched Manchester City yesterday, who Manchester United are trying to get to in terms of the top of the Premier League.
“Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva. Far better players than are in that Manchester United dressing room and who work twice as hard.
“Everton ran 4km further in the first half. Everton. And then you watch Liverpool who are their biggest rivals – they die for every single inch on the pictch.
“And Manchester United players, honestly it’s embarrassing just watching some of those out there today. I’m absolutely furious.
“Full belief in Ole to do what he needs to do, the club obviously will support him. But there’s a big problem and I have to say that performance today was rancid.”
Manchester United began the season under Jose Mourinho, however he was sacked in December as results continued to deteriorate.
Gary Neville’s fellow club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in as his replacement on an ‘inteirm’ basis and quickly brought about a resurgance which saw him appointed full time.
Now however, the Old Trafford side have been knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona and look as though they will likely miss out on qualifying the competition next season – as they are currently sat sixth in the Premier League table.
When asked to identify specific bad eggs, Neville continued: “I don’t need to name names, everyone knows who they are. They’re in the newspapers every single day, they’re on social media every single day.
“Every single player who does not have the attitude – forget talent – I’ve myself fallen into the trap of talking about, ‘Oh they’ve got potential, they’ve got talent.’
“Forget it. If they don’t work hard and haven’t got the attitude to run around in that shirt, get rid of them.
“Watching players play for Liverpool and Manchester City – they’re working their absolute backsides off every single week for their football club.
“And I’m watching Manchester United players on that football pitch walk around, saunter around, jogging back. I saw it in Barcelona the other night in the Nou Camp.
“I don’t mind losing games, I actually don’t mind conceding goals, I don’t mind them giving passes away – I was one of the best at giving the ball away.
“But do you know something? You do not, whatever you do, drop below the standard of work ethic that is expected of that club. They’re falling below it.
“We got a little bit of a bounce when Ole came into the job and everyone was claiming Jose Mourinho was a bad manager.
“Jose Mourinho is one of the most successful managers of the last 20 years in football. A great manager. And in the end, he lost all faith in those players.
“I would imagine now, the longer that Solskjaer watches those players, the more he’ll be losing faith in them because they’re letting him down and they’re letting the club down.”